Founder and Chief Strategist
“I have recruited, taught and advised doctoral students for many years. Although they were all intelligent and motivated, it did not take me long to realize that while being smart and motivated are essential traits, those alone won’t get them the Doctorate. I have seen them succeed and fail…and when they fail, it is always related to writing the doctoral dissertation”. Dr. Hilroy Thomas, Founder and Chief Strategist of WriteDis and the Dissertation Writing Network.
Currently Professor Emeritus, Dr. Thomas designed and led many online (including doctoral) programs for many years at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. However, his work in the use of digital technology preceded St. Thomas. As an early adopter, he developed unique digital learning programs (including one in law, several “Degree Completions” and Masters, and a doctoral program in Leadership and Management, online). Throughout he engaged in research on the completion behavior of doctoral students. This led him to the stack realization that attrition rates among doctoral students were astronomically high.
Hence, to the original story that connects Dr. Thomas to Dissertation Writing. He started coaching graduate students on how to write their doctoral dissertations while completing his own doctorate in the School of Education at Harvard University. During that period, he worked with students from many disciplines, focusing primarily on data collection, analysis and the reporting sections of their doctoral dissertations. Later, as he worked with international organizations worldwide, he continued to meet and help doctoral students working on their dissertations.
While researching graduation patterns of his doctoral students, Dr. Thomas discovered that creating a type of learning environment that pro-actively supports the dissertation writing process could significantly increase their time to completion. Hence, the Dissertation Writing Network and WrteDis are the result of his creative vision which started years ago at Harvard!
His research on time to completion led to a sustainable understanding of “what to get right” — the elements of writing a successful doctoral dissertation.
Today, WriteDis and the Dissertation Writing Network are focused on the explicit needs of doctoral students — enhanced and value-added dissertation writing experiences, higher completion rates, and efficiencies that reduce their time to completion and associated costs. Dr. Thomas continues to champion the “how to get it right”—and is at the forefront of getting doctoral students across the finish line with their doctorates in hand.